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Her Song - Orchestral Songs & Arias
Recorded: The Colosseum, Town Hall, Watford, 27-29 January 2009
Susan Gritton’s solo recital with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Martyn Brabbins is focussed on orchestral songs by Elgar and John Ireland, varied with delightful solo items by Susan’s grandfather Eric Gritton, by John Sanders, and an aria from Parry’s opera ‘Guenever’, here orchestrated by Jeremy Dibble. This is an enchanting and pioneering survey, with ten Elgar orchestral songs ringingly presented and crowned by Susan Gritton’s affecting reading of The Sun Goeth Down from ‘The Kingdom’. This is the first time so substantial a survey of Elgar’s orchestral songs has been presented in one programme. The song by Eric Gritton, O Stay, Madonna, is a ripe example of lyrical Edwardiana and contrasts nicely with John Sanders’ atmospherically floated Evening on Severn, and Parry’s affecting but stoutly written aria for Queen Guenever facing death at the stake. In contrast there are two groups of John Ireland songs, nine in all, each especially eloquent when heard with orchestral accompaniment. They include the title song Her Song of 1925, which makes a touching lyrical foil to Elgar’s exuberance.
“Throughout Gritton is musically purposeful… while Martyn Brabbins and the BBC players do a fine job.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2009 ****
“…performances are all one could hope for. Susan Gritton brings resplendent tone and intelligent observation to the task in hand, and she receives bright-eyed sensitive support from the BBC Concert Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2010
Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.
Once Were Angels
The tradition of boy trebles
A Grateful Heart
Be not Afraid
Requiem: Pie Jesu
Drop, drop, slow tears
Jephtha: Happy, Iphis, shalt thou live
Messiah: I know that my Redeemer liveth
Hear My Prayer
Let us Wander not Unseen (from The Indian Queen, Z630)
An Evening Hymn 'Now that the sun hath veiled his light', Z193
Fear no More
Der Musensohn, D764 (Goethe)
A Song of Wisdom
Orpheus with his Lute
I will give my love an apple
Lark in the Clean Air
Skye Boat Song
Harke, harke the Lark
I got me Flowers
Laudamus te (We praise thee) from Gloria in D, RV589
Andrew Wicks, Paul Dutton, Michael Ginn, Dara Caroll, Tom Hunt, Jeremy Bowyer, Andrew Brough, Christopher Smith, Daniel Ludford-Thomas, Michael Criswell, James Davis, Peter Davey, Robin Blaze
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